PBA Adds Nearly Half a Million Dollars to Prize Fund for 2020 Season on FOX; Three Events to Pay $100,000

by Bill Vint November 8, 2019 12:59

CHICAGO – Building on this year's strong inaugural season on FOX Sports and bolstered by the recent acquisition by Bowlero Corp., the Professional Bowlers Association has announced a $400,000 boost in prize money for the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour on FOX Sports season.

Every event on the schedule will enjoy prize fund increases and two of the PBA's most prestigious major championships, the PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship, will now award six-figure first place prizes.

All roads lead towards the PBA Playoffs, with the season’s top 24 points earners clinching a spot in the $320,000 event, which again features a $100,000 first place prize.

Entries opened today for the full schedule of PBA on FOX season events, which will all pay a 1-in-3 cash ratio (other than the animal pattern stages of World Series of Bowling XI). Revised competition formats and conditions await, including more dual-pattern events at both classic and new venues around the U.S.

Qualifying and match play rounds of the events will be livestreamed on FloBowling, with the finals on either FOX or FS1. Twenty-three telecasts on FOX or FS1 are live, kicking off with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic on Jan. 19 on FS1. Highlights of the broadcast schedule include three straight majors including the U.S. Open for the first time on FOX during "Big February," and five-straight days of PBA WSOB XI coverage in March.

More detailed tournament information is listed event-by-event in chronological order below or click on the 2020 season tab under the “schedules” link on pba.com. The link to each tournament includes information on how to enter.

2020 PBA Tour on FOX Sports

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

Where: Arlington, TX (International Training and Research Center)

When: January 13-19

TV: Finals Sunday, Jan. 19, 1 pm ET (Noon CT), FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 56 (48 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 2 squads. 12 qualifying games (6 per day, per squad). Cut to top 14 for 14 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals. 

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Weber 45, Right lane: Aulby 38). 

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Bill O'Neill

Prize fund, ratio: $110,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

Where: Shawnee, OK (FireLake Bowling Center)

When: January 20-26

TV: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 pm ET (1 pm CT), FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 88 (80 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 2 squads. 12 qualifying games (6 per day, per squad). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals. 

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Dragon 45, Right lane: Wolf 32).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2 event

Defending champion: Jakob Butturff

Prize fund, ratio: $130,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA JONESBORO OPEN

Where: Jonesboro, AR (Hijinx Lanes)

When: January 27 - February 1

TV: Saturday, Feb. 1, 4:30 ET (3:30 CT), FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 60 (52 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 14 qualifying games (two 7 game blocks in one day). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Shark 48, Right lane: Viper 36).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2 event

Defending champion: Norm Duke

Prize fund, ratio: $120,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (Major Championship)

Where: Fairlawn, OH (AMF Riviera Lanes)

When: February 3-9

TV: Sunday, Feb. 9, 5 pm ET, FOX (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 76 (70 national champions + 6 regional champion PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 18 qualifying games (3 game blocks). Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Johnson 40.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $283,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $12,000, 5. $10,000

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP (Major Championship)

Where: Columbus, OH (Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl)

When: February 9-15

TV: Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30 ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 92 (82 + 10 PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 18 qualifying games (3 game blocks). Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Webb 38.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Anthony Simonsen

Prize fund, ratio: $246,000. 1 in 3 cash

Top prizes: 1. $70,000, 2. $35,000, 3. $17,000, 4. $11,000, 5. $10,000

US OPEN (Major Championship)

Where: Lincoln, NE (Sun Valley Lanes)

When: February 16-23

TV: Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 pm ET (Noon CT), FOX (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, BowlTV and FloBowling (Live).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Francois Lavoie

Other details: TBA

PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Where: Indianapolis (Woodland Bowl)

When: February 24-29

TV: Saturday, Feb. 29, 8:30 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 120 (no PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. Two blocks of 7 games qualifying (14 total). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Roth 42, Right lane: Holman 37).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2

Defending champion: Norm Duke

Prize fund, ratio: $152,000. 1 in 3 cash

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,000, 5. $7,000

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Where: Indianapolis (Woodland Bowl)

When: February 27-29

TV: Taped Saturday, Feb. 29, 4:30 ET. Airs Sunday, March 8, Noon ET, FS1 (taped)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 60 doubles teams

Format: 1 squad. Two blocks of 7 games (14 total, 28 games per team). Top 16 teams advance to 16 games of round robin match play using Baker system).

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Roth 42, Right lane: Holman 37).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3

Defending champions: Sean Rash and Matt Ogle

Prize fund, ratio: $147,000. 1 in 3 teams cash.

Top prizes (per team): 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $13,000, 4. $12,000, 5. $11,000

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING XI

Where: Las Vegas (South Point Bowling Plaza)

When: March 6-18

TV: Five consecutive days (first four live), FS1 (Sunday, March 15 - Thursday, March 19). Times below.

Field: 120 (110 + 10 PTQ)

Total prize fund: $685,000

Events: PBA Cheetah, PBA Chameleon, PBA Scorpion, PBA World Championship, USA vs. World. Notes on all below.

WSOB PBA Cheetah Championship

TV: Sunday, March 15, 1:30 ET (10:30 am PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Cheetah 33.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Dick Allen

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA Chameleon Championship

TV: Monday, March 16, 8 ET (5 PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Chameleon 39.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA Scorpion Championship

TV: Tuesday, March 17, 8 ET (5 PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Scorpion 42.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Kris Prather

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Major Championship)

TV: Wednesday, March 18, 8 ET (5 PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: 30 games qualifying (10 games each on Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion patterns). Top 40 advance to cashers round, 10 games on Anthony. Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: After cut to top 40, Anthony 43.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $385,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $20,000, 5. $15,000

WSOB USA vs. The World

TV: Taped Wednesday, March 18, 1 pm PT. Airs next day Thursday, March 19, 8 pm ET, FS1 (taped)

Format: Team event. The Top 5 USA players and Top 5 international players after the first 30 games of WSOB qualifying form the teams.

Prize fund: $60,000 (Winning team: $40,000, losing team: $20,000)

Defending champions: The World

USBC MASTERS (Major Championship)

Where: Reno, NV (Grand Sierra Bowling Center)

When: March 23-29

TV: Sunday, March 29, 2:30 ET (11:30 am PT), FOX (Live)

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jakob Butturff

Other details: TBA

PBA PLAYOFFS

Where: Round of 24, Bowlero Norco, Norco, CA; Round of 16, Bowlero Lone Tree, Lone Tree, CO; Round of 8, Texas Bowlero, Euless, TX, Final Four, Bowlero North Brunswick, North Brunswick, NJ.

When: Round of 24, April 6. Round of 16, April 20-21. Round of 8, May 10-11. Final Four, May 16-17.

TV: Monday, April 6, 7 pm ET (4 pm PT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 13, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped April 6)

Monday, April 20, 7 pm ET, (5 pm MT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 20, 9 pm ET (7 pm MT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 27, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped April 21)

Monday, May 4, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped April 21)

Sunday, May 10, 2 pm ET (1 pm CT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, May 11, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped May 10)

Saturday, May 16, 2 pm ET, FOX (Live)

Sunday, May 17, 2 pm ET, FOX (Live)

Field: Top 24 in points from 2020 PBA on FOX season. All cash.

Format: Single elimination bracket. Top 8 seeds get byes into second round. First round one game matches, subsequent matches best of 2.

Conditions: Carter 39.

Defending champion: Kris Prather

Prize fund: $320,000

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $25,000

Special non-Tour events:

PWBA/PBA Mixed (Special event)

Where: Denver, CO (Bowl Expo special lane construct)

When: July 5

TV: Sunday, July 5, 7 pm ET (6 pm MT), FS1 (Live)

Other details: TBA

PBA SUMMER LEAGUE

Where: Portland, ME (Bayside Bowl)

When: July 19-23

TV (4 telecasts): Tuesday, July 21, 7 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Tuesday, July 21, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Wednesday, July 22, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Thursday, July 23, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Format: TBA. 10 teams. All players cash.

Conditions: Roth 42.

Defending champions: Portland Lumberjacks

Prize fund: $360,000

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Canadian Rookie Francois Lavoie Wins PBA Shark Championship, Spoils Walter Ray’s Bid for History

by Bill Vint December 25, 2016 12:36

RENO, Nev. – Canada’s Francois Lavoie dramatically improved his Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year chances when he defeated the PBA’s all-time titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 204-196, to win the PBA Shark Championship and spoil Williams’ bid for history.

The Shark Championship was the fourth and final PBA animal pattern championships conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. The Scorpion and Shark Championships aired back-to-back Sunday on ESPN.

Lavoie, who joined the PBA late in the 2016 season, threw the only back-to-back strikes in the title match and bowled an otherwise error-free game to edge the 57-year-old Williams. The 23-year-old former Wichita State University star survived two 4 pin leaves on high pocket shots by Williams – both times following strikes – to claim his second victory of the year. In November, the Quebec City native won the U.S. Open, bowling the first nationally-televised 300 game in U.S. Open history en route to his first PBA title.

“Being able to bowl someone like Walter is special,” Lavoie said after his Shark victory. “I watched him a lot when I was a kid. It seemed like he was always on TV. It’s amazing he’s still competing with us, but to be able to bowl against him is a privilege. It was definitely a close match, and I was fortunate to come out on top.”

Williams, at age 57 years, 65 days, was in position to become the oldest player to win a PBA Tour title when he advanced out of the four-player elimination match to open the championship round. Williams broke open that match with three late strikes for a 227 game. Lavoie was second with a 212, followed by a 208 by Andrew Cain of Phoenix and a 201 by Matt O’Grady of South Amboy, N.J.

The record for the oldest PBA Tour titlist is held by John Handegard, who was 57 years, 55 days old when he won the PBA Tour event in Kennewick, Wash., in 1995. The significance of bowling Williams for the title wasn’t lost on the young Canadian.

“He’s definitely the most accomplished player I’ve ever beaten, so it’s great,” Lavoie said. “We talk about the history and a little part of me kinda feels bad it didn’t happen, but when we’re competing like this, everyone has to be a little selfish. I wanted to do it for myself.

“That’s what you dream about as kids,” he said after throwing a decisive strike on his first shot in the 10th frame. “Anyone who’s a true competitor wants to be in that position, wants to have the ball in your hand to win a title. It’s one of those dreams come true, but I always try to stick with the process and not think of things I shouldn’t be thinking about. When you do that, it’s a lot easier to throw a shot in a situation like that.”

Williams, who continues to defy the calendar, was disappointed, but he took the loss in stride.

“It wasn’t my best game and Francois deserved to win,” the 47-time PBA Tour titlist said. “Hopefully it won’t be the last chance I get. Winning another PBA Tour title is something I definitely want to do.”

The Shark Championship was the final PBA Tour event of the 2016 season, but ESPN’s World Series of Bowling coverage continues with an encore presentation of the PBA World Championship on New Year’s Day at 4 p.m. ET., followed by the special USA vs. The World team event on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

The PBA’s first event of the 2017 season will be the DHC PBA Japan Invitational Jan. 11-14 at Bentencho Grandbowl in Osaka, Japan, featuring a field of 16 PBA international players and 16 Japan PBA competitors in a 32-game match play event. The winner will earn a projected $40,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title (if he/she is a member). The entire tournament will be live streamed on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (aired on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 25)

Final Standings:
1, Francois Lavoie, Canada, $20,000.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $10,000.
3, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, $5,000.
4, Matt O’Grady, South Amboy, N.J., $5,000.

Stepladder Results:
Elimination Match (top two scores advanced): Williams 227, Lavoie 212, Cain 208, O’Grady 201.
Championship: Lavoie def. Williams, 204-196.

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Jakob Butturff Averages 253 to Lead Top 16 Qualifiers into PBA’s South Point Las Vegas Open Final Rounds

by Bill Vint October 29, 2016 14:19

LAS VEGAS – Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., one of the hottest players on tour in 2016, torched the lanes in the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open Saturday in the South Point Bowling Plaza, averaging 253.75 for 16 games to lead the field of 16 qualifiers into Sunday’s final match play rounds.

Butturff, an unorthodox double-jointed left-hander, started Saturday’s qualifying with a modest 218 game, but followed with games of 270, 300, 279, 256, 245, 261 and 248 for a total of 2,072 pins and an early 79-pin lead. In the second round Saturday evening, his scoring pace slowed a bit, but he expanded his lead to 159 pins over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.

The top 16 players after 16 games advanced to two eight-game match play rounds Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT, leading to the five-player stepladder finals at 5:30 p.m. PT.

Butturff, a 22-year-old second-year PBA member, made his PBA national television debut during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII last December in Reno, finishing fourth in the PBA Viper Championship, but since then has won his first PBA Tour title in Lubbock, Texas, earlier this year in addition to winning eight PBA West and/or Northwest Regional titles in 2016. And he really likes bowling in the South Point Bowling Plaza.

“This is one of my favorite buildings,” Butturff said. “I feel pretty comfortable bowling in Vegas because this is where I was born and raised. My family moved to Phoenix when I was 18, but when I’m here, it’s like bowling at home. I’m just more relaxed.”

The comfort of bowling in his native home city, combined with the confidence he has gained early in his PBA career, all support his bigger ambitions.

“I made my first TV show at the World Series last year, but I kinda wanted to get that first win because all of those other rookies (Sweden’s Jesper Svensson and Texan Anthony Simonsen among them) were killin’ it,” Butturff said. “I just wanted to be known as part of the best rookie class ever in the PBA.”

Sunday’s round-robin match play rounds will determine the top five players after 32 games who will advance to the stepladder finals that will be covered live of PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame, at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET).

In addition to bowling for a PBA Tour title in the Las Vegas Open, the tournament is the final event in a season-long Xtra Frame Tour points competition that will award the points leader a $10,000 bonus. EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., leads the bonus race with 75 points, three ahead of Jones and six ahead of defending South Point Las Vegas Open champion Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. All three advance to Sunday’s final rounds. In the Xtra Frame series, the tournament winner earns 25 points, second place 19, third 18, etc., declining by one point through 20 places.

The South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic continues with the match play and stepladder final rounds of the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open Sunday and the five-player PBA Team Challenge Monday and Tuesday. All competition in the Fall Classic is being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame. For details, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME SOUTH POINT LAS VEGAS OPEN

South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, Saturday

Final Round Qualifying Standings (after 16 games, top 16 advance to round robin match play Sunday):

1, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 4,060.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,901.
3, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,876.
4, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,843.
5, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,840.
6, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,838.
7, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,811.
8, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 3,798.
9, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,775.
10, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,769.
11, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,766.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,760.
13, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,753.
14, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,737.
15 (tie), Ryan Graywacz, Feeding Hills, Mass., and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,726.

Other Cashers:

17, B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 3,723, $800.
18, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,707, $770.
19, Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 3,704, $740.
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,684, $710.
21, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,674, $680.
22, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 3,671, $650.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,669, $620.
24, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,668, $600.
25, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 3,659, $600.
26, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,650, $600.
27, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 3,647, $600.
28, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,635, $550.
29, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,631, $550.
30, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,627, $550.
31, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 3,626, $550.
32, Dom Barrett, England, 3,622, $550.
33, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 3,619, $550.
34, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,608, $500.
35, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,606, $500.
36, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,601, $500.
37, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,596, $500.
38, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,594, $500.
39, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,589, $500.
40, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,585, $500.

Failed to Cash:
41, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,583.
42, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,582.
43, Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 3,580.
44, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,567.
45, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,562.
46, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 3,548.
47, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,546.
48, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,543.
49, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,540.
50, n-Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 3,533.
51, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,529.
52, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 3,527.
53 (tie), w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., and n-Alex Aguiar, N. Dartmouth, Mass., 3,520.
55 (tie), Richie Teece, England, and w-Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 3,516.
57, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 3,508.
58 (tie), Graham Fach, Canada, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,500.
60, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 3,494.
61, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,491.
62 (tie), Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,489.
64, Paul Moor, England, 3,484.
65, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 3,475.
66, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 3,470.
67, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,468.
68, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,465.
69 (tie), Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio; Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,463.
72, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 3,455.
73, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,440.
74, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,432.
75, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,426.
76, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 3,411.
77, Chuck Tillson, Santa Rosa, Calif., 3,410.
78, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,401.
79, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,399.
80, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,394.
81, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,382.
82, n-Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 3,381.
83, n-Russ Oviatt, Tempe, Ariz., 3,372.
84, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3,365.
85, Travis Celmer, Brigham City, Utah, 3,360.
86, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 3,343.
87, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,334.
88 (tie), Christopher Sloan, Ireland, and Matt Jones, Winnetka, Calif., 3,330.
90, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,320.
91, n-Tim Cagle II, Pinole, Calif., 3,319.
92, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3,314.
93, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,292.
94, Lowell Huber, Westminster, Calif., 3,257.
95, w-Anggie Ramirez, Colombia, 3,231.
96, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 3,222.
97, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,216.
98, David Allen, Las Vegas, 3,208.
99, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,204.
100, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 3,194.
101 (tie), n-Jason Buenviaje, Ontario, Calif., and David Sevier, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,192.
103, n-Kevin Valmonte, LaVerne, Calif., 3,183.
104, Dave Han, Hoover, Ala., 3,172.
105, Timothy Tripp, Santa Clarita, Calif., 3,166.
106, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,153.
107, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 3,132.
108, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 3,078.
109, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,056.
110, n-w-Adrianne Barela, Henderson, Nev., 3,018.
111, William Grant, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,947.
112, n-Luke Bow, Temecula, Calif., 2,811.
113, Michael Marranca, Phoenix, 2,772.
114, n-Daniel Jackson, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2,722.
115, Joe Moorehead, Fate, Texas, 2,683.
116, Dave Oliver, San Tan Valley, Ariz., 2,611.
117, Ryan Normand, Portland, Ore., 2,602.
Withdrew: Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Louis Catiller, Las Vegas.

300 Games (9): Wes Malott, Jakob Butturff, Jesse Buss, Brad Miller, Richie Teese, Brandon Novak, Marshall Kent, Andrew Graff, Sean Rash.

n-denotes non-member; w-denotes woman.

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Sean Rash to Serve as Host, Competitor for PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open in Aurora

by Bill Vint September 26, 2016 13:35

AURORA, Ill. – As if competing against the best bowlers in the world isn’t enough, Montgomery resident and nine-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Sean Rash will assume the role of tournament host next weekend at Parkside Lanes.

It’s kind of ironic, but Rash – who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and starred as a collegiate bowler at Wichita State University before moving to the Aurora area – will invite the world’s best bowlers into his
“home center” and then do his best to beat them.

Actually, it’s part of Rash’s nature as a professional bowler to do more than his fair share to promote his sport by organizing a tournament – the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open – that will bring many of the world’s proven stars into the Chicagoland area, where they will face off against the next generation of PBA stars in an intensive two-day competition.

To get the weekend started, he’ll introduce the players to Chicago area bowling fans during a pro-am and “meet & greet” sessions Friday night.

On Saturday, Rash and friends will begin competition with an eight-game qualifying round for all players at 10 a.m. That session will be followed by a BBQ party featuring a live band for all players beginning at 3 p.m.

Sunday, the top 25 percent of Saturday’s qualifiers will advance to two more six-game qualifying rounds at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., with total pinfall for 20 games determining the top four who will advance to the 3 p.m. stepladder finals.

All competition rounds of the event will be covered live by the PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, a subscription-based video streaming service which is available on three-day, monthly and annual subscription plans (visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo for more information).

Among the early entrants into the event are PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr., PBA Tour champions Dick Allen, Ryan Ciminelli, Tommy Jones, Eugene McCune, Bill O’Neill, Ronnie Russell, Ryan Shafer, Anthony Simonsen, E.J. Tackett, Kyle Troup, Cameron Weier and Rash; and a handful of Professional Women’s Bowling Association stars including three-time PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson and Oswego native Kristina Szczerbinski.

Chicagoland bowling fans will get a chance to watch a potent field of rising PBA stars, including 19-year-old Simonsen, a leading PBA Player of the Year contender; Tackett, the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year; USBC Open Championships record-holder Matt McNiel of Minneapolis, and some of the Chicago area’s top players.

At stake will be a $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title. In addition, the tournament is the sixth tournament in an eight-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour Series which will reward the overall points leader with a $10,000 bonus. Tackett is the points leader heading into Aurora tournament followed closely by Jones, Ciminelli, Rash and Simonsen.

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN SCHEDULE

Parkside Lanes, Montgomery, Ill., Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Friday, Sept. 30
2 p.m. - Practice Session
4 p.m. - Non-member meeting
5 p.m. - Meet and Greet the PBA players

7 p.m. - Pro-am
Saturday, Oct. 1
10 a.m. – Qualifying round, eight games
One in four advance
3-8 p.m. - BBQ Party
Sunday, Oct. 2
9 a.m. – Cashers round one, six games
1 p.m. – Cashers round two, six games

Top five after 20 games advance to stepladder finals at the conclusion of cashers round two

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DYDO JAPAN CUP 2009 BEGINS LATER THIS WEEK

by PBA Editor April 20, 2009 00:00
DYDO JAPAN CUP 2009 – QUICK FACTS Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center/Tokyo Metro Gymnasium (championship round) Tokyo, Japan April 23 - 26, 2009 DYDO JAPAN CUP 2009 – BY THE NUMBERS Field Size – 144 PBA Entries – 20 JPBA Entries – 90 Amateur Entries – 34 DYDO JAPAN CUP 2009 – FORMAT - 144 bowlers bowl two six-game qualifying blocks - Cut to top 48 - Round of 48 - Players qualifying #17 - #48 (best 3 of 5) - Round of 32 - Round of 48 winners & Players seeded #1 – 16 (best 3 of 5) - Round of 16 – Best 3 of 5 - Top 8 advance to championship round at Tokyo Metro Gymnasium PBA REPRESENTATIVES IN DYDO JAPAN CUP 2009 (20): Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind. Bill O’Neill, Levittown, Pa. Rhino Page, Topeka, Kan. Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind. PBA & JAPAN CUP The PBA returns to Tokyo to participate in the DYDO Japan Cup for the 24th straight season. The event, which has been inviting PBA professionals since 1985, has been won 21 times by PBA pros and twice by JPBA pros. This marks the third consecutive year that qualifying will take place at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel with the finals being held at the Tokyo Metro Gymnasium. The Tokyo Port Bowl hosted the event from 1985-2005/06. From 1968-73, PBA pros competed in what was known as the Japan Gold Cup at Star Lanes. Winners from the Japan Gold Cup include Don Johnson (1968), Dick Ritger (1969, ’70), Jack Biondolillo (1971), Barry Asher (1972) and Don McCune (1973). MIKA LOOKS FOR REPEAT Mika Koivuniemi won the most recent Dydo Japan Cup by defeating Mike Wolfe, 200-178, in September, 2007. The win marked Koivuniemi’s eighth Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title and a tournament championship in 11 different countries. This week, Koivuniemi will attempt to become only the third player in PBA history to successfully defend his title in Japan. Most recently Tommy Jones won back-to-back Japan Cup titles winning in both 2004 and 2005 while Parker Bohn III won the Cup three consecutive years from 1998-2000. WILLIAMS NO STRANGER TO JAPAN CUP Walter Ray Williams Jr. is making his 24th consecutive appearance in the DYDO Japan Cup, making him the only player to have appeared in every Japan Cup since 1985. Williams has made seven championship round appearances and won the event twice including a 289-236 win over Pete Weber in 2006-07 which broke the all-time PBA Tour titles record. ALL-TIME APPEARANCES IN JAPAN CUP Walter Ray Williams – 23 Norm Duke – 17 Parker Bohn III – 16 Pete Weber – 15 Amleto Monacelli – 14 O’NEILL LOOKS FOR FIRST TITLE Bill O’Neill is coming off a career season in which he finished second on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour point list, led the Tour in average and tied Chris Barnes for the second most championship rounds appearances by any player this season. The one thing that did escape O’Neill this year was capturing his first career title. O’Neill looks to join two other PBA players who picked up their first career title at the Japan Cup. In 2004, Tommy Jones won his first career title at the Japan Cup which set off a two-season stretch in which Jones broke the PBA record for shortest time between first and 10th titles; his 10th victory came just two years, six months and seven days after his first, breaking Dick Weber’s 45-year-old record by just four days. The only other player in PBA history to win his first career title at the Japan Cup is PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, who captured his first title at the 1987 Oronamin C Japan Cup. Monacelli, who recently made the championship round at the Lumber Liquidators 66th U.S. Open, has won 19 career Tour titles and is the only foreign-born player elected to the PBA Hall of Fame. MCCUNE, PAGE MAKING FIRST APPEARNCE Of the 20 PBA professionals competing this week, both Eugene McCune and Rhino Page are making their first appearance in the Japan Cup. If either picks up his a title this week, they’ll join Steve Wilson (1996), Doug Kent (1997) and Robert Smith (2002-03) as the only players to win the Cup title in their first appearance in Japan. PAST JAPAN CUP CHAMPIONS: 1985 – Ken Taniguchi 1986 – Pete Weber 1987 – Amleto Monacelli 1988 – Takeo Sakai 1989 – Randy Pedersen 1990 – Chris Warren 1991 – Walter Ray Williams Jr. 1992 – Parker Bohn III 1993 – Pete Weber 1994 – Brian Voss 1995 – Amleto Monacelli 1996 – Steve Wilson 1997 – Doug Kent 1998 – Parker Bohn III 1999 – Parker Bohn III 2000 – Parker Bohn III 2001-02 – Bob Learn Jr. 2002-03 – Robert Smith 2003-04 – Chris Barnes 2004-05 – Tommy Jones 2005-06 – Tommy Jones 2006-07 – Walter Ray Williams Jr. 2007-08 – Mika Koivuniemi
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